Internationally known artist, Maggie Siner, began her studies at the Art Students League of New York, received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Boston University, her Master of Fine Arts from American University in Washington, D.C. and studied Gross Anatomy at Georgetown University Medical School. She has lived for extended periods of time in France, China and Italy, and her work is in hundreds of collections around the world. Siner paints exclusively from life. She is sensitive to the slightest nuance of color and edge and through this, light, atmosphere and form are evoked in their finest changes. A miracle of resolution occurs as one steps back from her small abstract painting and it suddenly resolves into a stunning moment of real life. Her subject matter could be anything from the commonplace to the bizarre. Figures are touching, powerful and alive, still-lives are anything but still and any small corner of nature becomes important from her rendering of it. Using traditional materials, Siner’s work is classically derived yet contemporary. Siner is also a devoted teacher who has influenced a generation of painters. She has been on the faculty of l’Institute d’Universités Américaines and Lacoste School of Art in France (Cleveland Institute of Art), a visiting professor at Xiamen University in China, artist-in-residence at Savannah College of Art and Design, Dean of Faculty at the Washington Studio School. She is a frequent guest artist and public speaker. Artist’s Statement I try to translate the eye's fleeting perception of the world around me into the permanence of paint. This is not an imagined or photographic process, it is the actual way the eye catches light in the act. To paint is to re-enact, to choreograph inside the confines of a rectangular frame, to select and simplify from the complexity of stimuli, until the lived experience is clearly on the canvas. Anything may be subject matter. I think of Constable declaring he never saw an ugly thing in his life --"let the form of an object be what it may --light, shade and perspective will make it beautiful." It's all about the way color and shape, line and direction interact and build meaning. While painting I search for the particular flavor or “sense of place” in what is before me: the light, time of day, atmosphere, temperature, as well as the gesture, pose and color relationships. All of these are subtle and constantly shifting. With these thoughts I find grandeur perhaps in a fold of cloth, or an epic tale in unrelated objects placed together. If I succeed, I may bring a viewers eye on the same intrepid journey as my own.